'WHO'S THE GLUE? Martin Biron. If he can hold the fort, all will be well in Buffalo. If he can't, look for the Sabres to completely come unglued.'
Archives for September 2001
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'…the carnival did have a predetermined purpose: to raise money for the United Cerebral Palsy Association of Western New York, the Buffalo Museum of Science's Camp Wee Explorer and the St. Catharines Minor Hockey Association.'
'With Martin Biron and Mika Noronen both ticketed for future stardom and 1999 draft pick Ryan Miller rewriting the collegiate record book, there simply is no need for incoming veteran competition for the starter's role in the crease. But what the Sabres do need is something Essensa can be: a wise backup to win an occasional start and help the Sabres mine their precious commodities.'
'Until further notice, tickets to the two games against Toronto in HSBC Arena, Dominik Hasek's lone appearance in Buffalo and a Jan. 10 contest against Mario Lemieux's Pittsburgh Penguins are off limits unless you're a loyal follower, as defined by your financial commitment to the Sabres. The Sabres are giving fans who purchased season tickets or 10-game packages first dibs on buying more to those four games. They say it's a way of rewarding the faithful.'
'The Columbus Blue Jackets got two goals from a non-threat and their goaltender set up the opposing team for the second time in three games. Yes, it was another funky preseason outing. The Jackets allowed three power-play goals and lost 4-3 to the Buffalo Sabres last night in HSBC Arena.'
'Slava Kozlov scored a power-play goal with 4:58 remaining, lifting the Buffalo Sabres to a 4-3 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets in an NHL preseason game Saturday night. Norm Milley, Jason Woolley, and Denis Hamel also scored for Buffalo (1-1), which was 3-for-5 on the power play.'
'Vyacheslav Kozlov's power-play goal with 4:58 remaining gave the Buffalo Sabres a 4-3 exhibition victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets.'
'Defenseman Alexei Zhitnik wore the "C" for the Sabres' 1-0 loss to the Ottawa Senators in the preseason opener at HSBC Arena, a surprise move to some of the 16,558 spoken-for seats. It is uncertain who will wear the "C" for tonight's home game against the Columbus Blue Jackets at 6 because Sabres coach Lindy Ruff insisted he will move the letter around the roster before settling on someone. That's if he settles at all.'
'"I felt good, getting the puck in the pads, in the glove, in the chest," Biron said. "A few of the rebounds were really close in front of me so I could freeze them. "I'm going to go home and put that away and feel good when I come back (to practice this) morning."'
'When the Sabres made their first wave of cuts yesterday, Fitzpatrick remained with the NHL team while fellow veteran defensemen Mike Hurlbut, Doug Houda and Mario Larocque were sent to the Amerks…Also re-assigned were goalies Tom Askey and Ray Bourcier, defensemen Doug Janik and Luc Theoret, left wingers Karel Mosovski and Andrew Peters and right wingers Milan Bartovic, Alan Fyfe, Ales Kotalik and Jaroslav Kristek.'